These soft, light and fluffy rolls taste amazing right out of the oven with some butter. This is a relatively easy recipe for making your own homemade dinner rolls. These simple white rolls are versatile and can be used for many different recipes.
The best thing about making them yourself is that you can make them into whatever you wish. Perfect with a bowl of soup or even as a bread bowl. Make larger and use them as hamburger buns or form them into hot dog buns. These are slightly sweet and every time I make them they disappear fast!
This recipe is fairly simple and easy to make even if you are new to making homemade bread. I let the dough rise for one hour, then only about 20 more minutes after the dough is shaped. You can easily make the dough ahead of time and pop it in the oven right before you are ready for dinner. Nothing smells and tastes better than fresh homemade bread right out of the oven.
Don’t be intimidated if have never tried making bread before, this is pretty easy! You just may surprise yourself!
You will need active yeast for making bread. It comes in two forms, fresh and active dry. I have found that instant active dry yeast works well.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp (1 packet) active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter (melted) for top
In a small bowl whisk warm water, yeast and sugar and let sit about 10 minutes. This is proofing the yeast, when it is foamy it is ready to add to flour.
In a medium bowl place flour and salt. When yeast is ready add to flour mixture with slightly melted butter.
I mix ingredients gently in the bowl until you can form dough. Once dough is formed I move to a floured surface, while adding more dough if needed knead dough until soft and springy. You may need to add up to a cup more of flour if too sticky.
This can also be done in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. Then, just as above you move to a floured surface to knead dough.
Once you have kneaded dough for at least five minutes and the dough is soft, springy and not too sticky place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
After one hour the dough should be doubled in size, remove from bowl and gently break into small round balls. I form the into balls, then place them in a large glass greased pan. Once all completed brush with melted butter and cover and let sit again at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. They will continue to rise.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once dough is ready place in middle rack of oven and bake at 350 degrees for at least 20-25 minutes. The tops should be golden brown. I usually cut into one to test if the inside is done.
Once out of the oven, I brush again with melted butter.
Making these rolls or any kind of bread it usually takes a few times to get them exactly how you like them. I like baking them on a pizza stone. It only gets easier with practice. Once you switch from store bought or refrigerated to homemade…it’s hard to argue that fresh isn’t best.
*This post contains affiliate links for products I recommend.